Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale
Photograph by Abe Goodale

Homeopathy

"The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, according to clearly comprehensible principles."

Homeopathy is a system of health care developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700's. At its heart is the phenomenon of cure by similars (similia similibus curentur). Homeopathy takes its name from the Greek, "homoeo" meaning "similar" and "pathos" which means "suffering". This use of cure by similars predates homeopathy by several centuries.

The symptoms that are produced in a healthy individual who is given a dose of a remedy are the same symptoms that the substance will cure in an ill person. The profile of the remedy is based on the symptoms produced while proving the remedy. Finding the remedy with characteristics that match the client's on all levels, mentally, emotionally and physically, is the art of the homeopath. The remedy that is most similar in nature to the totality of the individual is called the simillimum. When the simillimum is given, it resonates with the frequency of the client which awakens the vital force to stimulate balance.

Remedies are prepared from plant, animal, mineral and imponderable substances. The greater the dilution of the substance, the higher the potency. In prescribing remedies, the Homeopath looks for a remedy whose symptom picture most closely matches the symptoms of the client; the potency is chosen that meets the needs of the client and in order to gauge the effects of the remedy, only one remedy is given at a time.

The 'Law of Cure' states that symptoms move from the innermost organs of the body, to the outer. Cure takes place from above to below and symptoms that have been suppressed often resurface during the process of cure. Homeopaths use these principles to follow a case.

When taking a case, whether acute or constitutional, the Homeopath observes closely to determine the central delusion of the client and the etiology of the dis-ease. Symptoms are translated into rubrics, which are found in the Repertory (an index of symptoms). The cross reference of rubrics leads us to common remedies which are then researched for relevance to the case in Materia Medicas (Latin for Medical Matter) which list the symptoms pictures of remedies. Today, computer programs are commonly used to select remedies.

Homeopaths choose from a couple of thousand remedies. While there are three primary miasms related to the underlying cause of disease, contemporary homeopaths regularly add both remedies and miasms to our repertoire.


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